>Bangladesh signs anti-terrorism pact with Australia

>BANGLADESH’S military-backed government has signed a counter-terrorism deal with Australia ahead of elections marked by allegations of vote rigging and threats of violence, reports The Canberra Times.

A memorandum of understanding on counter-terrorism cooperation was signed on Christmas Eve in Dhaka by Australia’s high commissioner to Bangladesh, Douglas Foskett, and the secretary of the Home Affairs Ministry of Bangladesh, Abdul Karim.

Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said, ”It will provide a framework for operational agencies to cooperate in areas such as information and intelligence exchange, law enforcement activities, money laundering and the financing of international terrorism, and the development of effective counter-terrorism legal instruments.” The agreement comes as the South Asian country’s former prime minister, Begum Khaleda Zia, has charged the Government and her rivals with conspiring to rig parliamentary elections.


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